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Wednesday, April 17, 2024
Attorneys Blocking JetBlue/Spirit Merger Now Targeting Hawaiian/Alaska Airlines Deal
By Selected News Articles @ 1:15 PM :: 133 Views :: Judiciary, Tourism

... this law firm also filed a similar suit wherein JetBlue was subsequently blocked in its attempt to acquire Spirit Airlines ....

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Friday, April 12, 2024
Health Department: Lahaina Ocean Waters Safe for Recreation
By News Release @ 3:07 PM :: 396 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... 'Toxic' hysteria has been used to keep property owners away from their lots in the Lahaina burn zone--but the DoH just can't find any toxins ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study STR economic impact before banning them
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:34 PM :: 821 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
DLNR Now Charging $1 to Use Ocean
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 1048 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... more than 500 companies with commercial use permits from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), began collecting one dollar from each passenger or customer ....

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Tourism Arrivals and Spending Down
By News Release @ 3:46 PM :: 1238 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... February 2024 average daily census of 236,008 is a decline from 2023 ....

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Green Maui Update: Will not seize TVRs
By Video @ 3:12 AM :: 1206 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Green: No Permits to rebuild Until End of 2024 ....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Bill 121: TVRs to be Banned?
By Video @ 12:00 PM :: 1525 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Once Hawaii County forces families to apply for permits, the next step will be an effort to ban our industry entirely ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
Victory! Honolulu Agrees to Suspend Enforcement of Unconstitutional Ordinance, Saving Local Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 2479 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

... City suspends enforcement of a city ordinance that’s driving several restaurants in Waikiki out of business ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Short-term Rental Crackdown: State, County Bills Threaten Residents
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 1422 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... to phase out short-term rentals and impose higher taxes on them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:35 PM :: 1851 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause ....

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Friday, March 1, 2024
January Tourist Count Down 3.6%
By News Release @ 3:13 PM :: 1228 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... January 2024, total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands (763,480 visitors, -3.6%) and total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars ($1.81 billion, -4.5%) declined compared to January 2023 ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Bills increasing costs for tourists moving through Hawaii Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 2:19 PM :: 1295 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... two proposals that would increase the transient accommodation tax, known as TAT ....

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Friday, February 23, 2024
Hawaii committee to discuss $25 tourism tax Friday
By Selected News Articles @ 6:07 AM :: 1335 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

... House Bill 2406 would impose a $25 "transient accommodation tax," also known as a TAT, on top of the 10.25% TAT that is already in place ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Kauai: Tourism Industry Scores Another Big Win Over Agriculture
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 1370 Views :: Kauai County, Environment, Agriculture, Tourism

... To prevent tourists from seeing muddy water, West Kauai seed farms will be required to get federal NPIDES permits ....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Five Straight Months of Tourism Decline Since Lahaina Fire
By News Release @ 2:02 PM :: 1239 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Since the August 2023 Maui wildfires, visitor arrivals have decreased in four out of the last five months while visitor spending recorded five straight months of decline compared to 2022 ....

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Monday, January 29, 2024
Senate Sets Triple Hearing on Vacation Rental Bill
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1374 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... Senate Bill 2919 establishes State Regulations for short-term vacation rentals, allows the counties to adopt zoning ordinances and regulations for the amortization or phasing out of certain land lands or structures, and applies the TAT to shelters and vehicles with, or advertised as including, sleeping accommodations ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 1431 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Wednesday, January 17, 2024
Saiki Opening Day Speech: Don’t let Lahaina property owners rebuild
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 2198 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism

... Turn Lahaina into Wailea v2 surrounding the ‘Venice of the Pacific’ water feature ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Kona Airport Runway Cracks Force Shutdown
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 1074 Views :: Hawaii County , Tourism

... HDOT is also working with contractors to mill and resurface a 10’ X 10’ area. Expected completion of the resurfacing, which will allow the runway to reopen, is prior to first light Tuesday, Jan. 16 ....

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Friday, January 5, 2024
No Nukes: Green Announces $500M “Maui Interim Housing Plan”
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 1144 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... 2,400-plus households, totaling more than 5,928 individuals, remain housed in more than 30 hotels throughout Maui ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
It might be called Hawaiian, but it isn’t Hawaii-owned
By Selected News Articles @ 4:04 PM :: 1747 Views :: Hawaii History, Tourism

... Hawaiian Airlines has not been owned by an individual or entity in Hawaii for a long time ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
Restaurants Getting Cooked
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2047 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... A number of restaurants are in a pinch recently.  Here’s what happened to them ....

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Friday, December 29, 2023
DBEDT: Tourist Count Up--Spending Down
By Selected News Articles @ 2:30 PM :: 1002 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Spending was down 2.4% in November when compared to the previous year. However, the number of tourists increased by 0.3% to 731,233 ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Air Tours to be Restricted over Volcanoes National Park
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 1134 Views :: Tourism

... National Park Service completes Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Air Tour Management Plan ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Existing short-term Hawaii rentals may remain in operation, judge rules
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 AM :: 2184 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... The ordinance that levies heavy fines on short-term rentals in Honolulu remains in effect only for new rentals beginning operations after the ordinance was put in place ....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Army and HDOT Set to Negotiate 50-Year Lease for Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 1146 Views :: Military, Small Business, Tourism

... Typically, local commanders are permitted to approve routine five-year leases, however, with HDOT seeking a longer term (50 years), the Army had to seek approval in Washington, D.C. ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Green announces plan to use short-term rentals to help with Maui housing
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 1023 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... Should the incentives fail to motivate enough STRs to become available, Green may impose a short-term moratorium by mid-January, he said ....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
Fixation on short-term rentals called distraction from 'true culprit'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 1616 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... government actions created the demand for STRs in the first place, and government regulatory failures “created housing unaffordability long before STRs even came into existence." ....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
How times have changed
By Selected News Articles @ 1:02 AM :: 1425 Views :: Tourism

... the mere fact that an airline that was not “Hawai‘i based” came in to buy a “Hawai‘i based airline” that didn’t elicit an immediate hearing in the State Capitol on the merits of it told me that, indeed, the relationship between the people of Hawai‘i, its government officials, and its aviation options, has very much changed....

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Tuesday, December 5, 2023
DHS Offers $11K/Month for TVRs to House Lahaina Victims
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 1200 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Program will house FEMA-ineligible survivors of Maui wildfires for up to 12 months ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Alaska Airlines Buys Hawaiian Air for $1.9B
By News Release @ 4:00 PM :: 2168 Views :: Tourism

... a definitive agreement under which Alaska Airlines will acquire Hawaiian Airlines for $18.00 per share in cash, for a transaction value of approximately $1.9 billion ....

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Saturday, December 2, 2023
Use carrots, not sticks, to help Maui fire victims
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:35 PM :: 1112 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... looking for a “win-win” result ....

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Friday, December 1, 2023
HTA: Input Invited on Tourism’s Role in Supporting Maui’s Recovery
By News Release @ 6:29 PM :: 988 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Community Meeting to be Held at Maui Arts & Cultural Center, December 4 ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Tourist Arrivals Down for Third Straight Month
By News Release @ 5:20 PM :: 1171 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Maui: 35,526 visitors in October 2023, compared to 59,372 visitors (-40.2%) in October 2022 and 59,620 visitors (-40.4%) in October 2019 ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
DLNR: Demolition of Uncle Billy's Hotel Begins Today
By News Release @ 12:26 PM :: 1077 Views :: Homelessness, Tourism

... For the last few years, drug addicts had been living in the dilapidated structure ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Caldwell's COVID Slush Fund: 'Follow the Money'
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:36 PM :: 1544 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... you have to follow the money, especially when there’s a huge surge of funds given to the government to dole out ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Let's not fall for all the Aloha Stadium hype
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:24 AM :: 1560 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Tourism

... even the slimmed down plan is worrisome ....

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Thursday, November 9, 2023
DOBOR Proposes Paid Parking at Ala Wai (again)
By News Release @ 1:09 AM :: 1467 Views :: Honolulu County, Tourism

... Ed Underwood said, “The boating program is currently subsidizing free parking in the facility which is not fair to those who are paying the fees" ....

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Monday, October 30, 2023
Lahaina Fires: Tourist Arrivals Down for Second Straight Month
By News Release @ 4:50 PM :: 1620 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... spending on Maui down more than 50% in September ....

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Sunday, October 15, 2023
Tourists, Keep Out!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1824 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... government should not be there to take choices away ....

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
​Is it really a good idea to build a new Aloha Stadium?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:20 PM :: 2105 Views :: Ethics, Development, Higher Education, Rail, Tourism

... Considering the record of the old Aloha Stadium, there are many questions ....

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Saturday, October 14, 2023
West Maui tourism decision should be individual choice
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:12 PM :: 1559 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... leave it to each resident’s own timeline, not government officials ....

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Sunday, October 8, 2023
Let Maui tourism recover at its own pace
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:36 AM :: 1544 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... Should the government have the last word in creating a tourism timeline? ....

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Sunday, October 1, 2023
LahainaFires: 600 families put out of Hotels
By News Release @ 6:44 PM :: 2120 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... 2,200 of the families displaced by the Maui wildfires who are receiving shelter in hotels and similar lodging have completed the required eligibility process ... 600 haven't ....

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Friday, September 29, 2023
Maui Tourists Shift to Other Islands
By News Release @ 2:05 AM :: 1635 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... In August 2023, visitor arrivals to Oahu +11.0%, Hawaii Island +4.1% and Kauai +9.0% increased while visitor arrivals to Maui -57.8% dropped significantly ....

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Friday, September 22, 2023
Wildfires deliver heavy blow to Maui economy
By UHERO @ 4:30 PM :: 1609 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... Hawaii economists say Lahaina locals could be priced out of rebuilt town without zoning changes  ....

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Thursday, September 21, 2023
RedCross: 78% of Lahaina Staying in Shelters
By Video @ 10:43 PM :: 1805 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... “Our primary focus at this time is caring for about 78 percent of the pre-disaster population of Lāhainā — who are staying in dozens of non-congregate shelters (NCS)” ....

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Thursday, September 14, 2023
More than 11% of workers in Maui County file for unemployment after deadly wildfires
By News Release @ 7:21 PM :: 1588 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Tourism

... There have been 10,448 new claims for unemployment in Maui County in the four weeks since the fires struck ....

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Friday, September 8, 2023
Maui losses at $11 million a day since fires
By Selected News Articles @ 5:51 AM :: 1741 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Tourism

...DBEDT reduces its economic growth projections for Hawaii from 1.8% for 2023 to 1.1% and from 2% to 1.5% for 2024....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Lahaina: Former Rentals available to replace burned cars
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 1730 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... If you have comprehensive coverage (also known as “other than collision”) on your automobile insurance policy, submit a claim ....

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